Sat. Oct 16th, 2021



The NFL will be shaking up its postseason format.

The league announced on Friday that it will have its Super Wild Card Weekend end on Monday, as opposed to Sunday as it has traditionally been done. There will now be two playoff games on Saturday, three on Sunday and one on Monday.

The times for the games will be 4:35 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET on Saturday; 1:05 p.m., 4:40 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. ET on Sunday; and 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday.

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The NFL playoffs have historically been broken up into only two days: Saturday and Sunday. The six wild card games have broken up into three games on each day, followed by two divisional round games each day and both conference championships on Sunday.

This would add a new dynamic for which teams will have to adjust. Now, there would be one team moving on to the divisional round on shorter rest than its opponent.

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This hasn’t been much of an issue for teams during the regular season. According to MrNFL.com, teams have posted a 371-343-2 record since 2000 coming off “Monday Night Football” games. However, those teams aren’t always moving on to face one of the best remaining teams in the league the following week, and the stakes are significantly lower than those in a regular-season matchup.

Another important factor is the broadcast partner that will be chosen. Adding a third prime-time game into the mix would be a major boon for any network that is able to land the timeslot. NBC, CBS, ESPN and FOX all carry postseason games. Last season, CBS carried the AFC Championship Game, while FOX had both the NFC Championship and the Super Bowl. The league said the broadcast partner is to be determined, with CBS and NBC currently slated to carry two each, and ESPN and FOX both set to air one.

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The addition of that Monday night game certainly will help bring in some money as another prime-time game — “Monday Night Football” games averaged 11.8 million viewers in 2020, according to Statista — but there are going to be some teams that won’t be happy with having to turn around and play another game on shorter rest.





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